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EU Lists Dozens of Weak Points Where Industry’s Hostage to China

  • Commission identifies 137 products sourced internationally
  • China supplies around half of those crucial inputs, EU says
The list of 137 products includes items needed for pharmaceutical production and health related products.

The list of 137 products includes items needed for pharmaceutical production and health related products.

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Europe needs to assess its “strategic dependencies” after being caught by surprise by radical changes to supply chains during the initial phase of the pandemic last year, according to a draft European Union document laying out the bloc’s future industrial roadmap.

The EU is “highly dependent” on some 137 products -- 6% of its total imports by value -- mainly raw materials and chemicals used by energy-intensive industries but also including active pharmaceutical ingredients and other health-care products, according to the paper seen by Bloomberg.